The Board is dedicated to fulfilling their duties with the utmost integrity and in a professional manner. With an extensive depth of experience and the ability to respond proactively to market opportunities, the Board possesses the business acumen to guide Ampcontrol into the future.
Ampcontrol’s Directors and Management are committed to and responsible for the overall Corporate Governance of Ampcontrol. In particular the Board is responsible for the following:
- Ensuring compliance with all workplace safety and environmental regulations
- Promoting ethical and responsible decision making
- Ensuring compliance with the Corporations Act, Accounting Standards and all other appropriate laws and statutory reporting requirements in Australia and each country we operate in
- Setting and reviewing the strategic direction and approves the annual operating budget
- Monitor Management’s achievement of the business goals
- Consideration of corporate financial matters
- Monitoring the operating and financial performance of Ampcontrol
- Ensuring that an appropriate overall framework of internal control is in place to facilitate efficient decision making and monitor business risk management
- Monitoring the performance of Executive Management
- Recognising the legitimate interests of the stakeholders
Strong governance policies and processes are essential for ensuring that Ampcontrol is governed in the best interests of the company as a whole. The Board is committed to setting the direction and control for Ampcontrol.
Composition of the board
The Board comprises one Managing Director, who is also the CEO and three Non-Executive Directors, each representing the major shareholders, one of whom is also the Chairman. The members of the Board and their qualifications are set out below:
Terry Lawler BCOM, FCA, FAUSIM, FAUSICD
Non-Executive Director and Chairman
Terry is the Chairman of PKF Corporate Finance as well as Hunter Water Corporation and Life Without Barriers. He is also a Director of Peoplefusion and Powerdown Australia. He has been a non-executive Director of Ampcontrol Pty Ltd since May 2004. Terry was appointed Chairman in August 2014. Terry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, the AIC Directors and the Australian Institute of Management along with being a registered Company Auditor and Tax Agent. Terry has served on national, state and local Boards along with a number of business and community organisations providing business, internal audit, operational and strategic advice.
Peter Cockbain BSC (ENG), HonFIEAust, CP ENG, FTSE
Founder and Non-Executive Director
Peter is a founder shareholder of Ampcontrol. Peter has been the Technical Director of Ampcontrol since its foundation in 1968, until his retirement in 2012. He is also Past National President of Engineers Australia (2006) and is a member of the University of Newcastle Council, the Engineering Faculty Advisory Board and the University Student Services Board. Peter was the Engineers Australia representative on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and Senator Kim Carr’s Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council from 2009 to 2012. He is a director of Standards Australia and Chairman of the Standards Development Committee.
Robert Westphal BCOM, FCA, ASIA
Robert is a non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited, Director of Souls Private Equity Limited and a Director of a number of companies in which Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited holds an equity interest. He is the former Director of Xanadu Mines Limited and a former Chairman of the Queenwood School for Girls Limited. Robert joined Ampcontrol as a non-executive Director in 2005 following the acquisition by Souls Private Equity Limited of a significant interest in the Company. Robert was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee of Ampcontrol Pty Ltd in November 2008. Prior to joining Souls Private Equity Limited Robert was a partner of Ernst & Young for 25 years specialising for the last 20 years in corporate finance, specifically in mergers and acquisitions, valuations and acquisition due diligence.
Rod Henderson MBA, FAIM, MAICD
Managing Director and CEO
Prior to Ampcontrol, Rod spent seven years with Alcan Aluminium (Hydro) at Kurri Kurri, first undertaking an Electrical Apprenticeship and then being selected to undertake an Engineering Traineeship. When the opportunity arose to take on a position in Ampcontrol, Rod began his 20 year career with the business in 1991 by managing the development and release of new electronics products. Rod went on to hold the role of Group Manager for Electronics and Chief Operating Officer of Australian Operations. Rod was appointed as Ampcontrol’s Chief Executive Officer in June 2014 and Managing Director in December 2015.
David Scammell B.Sc.Agr, MBA, GradDipAppFin
Non-Executive Board Member
David is the Managing Director6 of Pitt Capital Partners and a Director of a number of companies where Pitt Capital Partners has an equity interest. David has worked for Pitt Capital Partners since 2004 and has extensive corporate advisory experience across a range of industries. Prior to joining Pitt Capital Partners, David worked for two venture capital funded entities.
Non-Executive Board Member BBus, MBA
Matthew Turner is Co-Owner and Managing Director of Plant Assessor, an innovative Australian company delivering world leading cloud based safety and machinery information solutions that are used by thousands of plant suppliers and users across Australia and New Zealand. Matthew is a member of the Safety Institute of Australia and previously held senior positions in the industrial sector, including Metaland (OneSteel Distribution).